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Electrical transport, magnetism, and magnetoresistance in ferromagnetic oxides with mixed exchange interactions: A study of the $La_0_._7$$Ca_0_._3$$Mn_1_-_x$$Co_xO_3$ system

Gayathri, N and Raychaudhuri, AK and Tiwary, SK and Gundakaram, R and Arulraj, A and Rao, CNR (1997) Electrical transport, magnetism, and magnetoresistance in ferromagnetic oxides with mixed exchange interactions: A study of the $La_0_._7$$Ca_0_._3$$Mn_1_-_x$$Co_xO_3$ system. In: Physical Review B, 56 (3). pp. 1345-1353.

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Abstract

In this paper we report the results of an extensive investigation of the La0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xCoxO3 system. Substitution of Mn by Co dilutes the double-exchange (DE) mechanism and changes the long range ferromagnetic order of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 to a cluster glass-type ferromagnetic (FM) order similar to that observed in La0.7Ca0.3CoO3. This happens even for the lowest Co substitution of x = 0.05 and persists over the entire composition range studied (0.05 less than or equal to x less than or equal to 0.5). The Co substitution also destroys the metallic state and the resistivity increases by orders of magnitude even with a very small extent of Co substitution. The charge localization due to Co substitution is likely to have its origin in polaronic lattice distortion. The Co substitution also suppresses the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) of the pure manganate (x = 0) over the entire temperature and composition range and it becomes very small for x greater than or equal to 0.2. We conclude that the DE interaction and the resulting metallic state is very ''fragile'' and hence even a small amount of Co substitution can destroy the FM order, the metallic state, and the CMR.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mr. S Muthuraja
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009 12:22
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/18925

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